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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.



Ashurst boosts trainee and NQ pay following two-year pay freeze

Ashurst has broken its two-year pay freeze for London-based trainees and newly-qualified lawyers, upping its junior pay bands by up to 3.3 per cent. First-year trainees have been gifted a 2.6 per cent pay rise from £38,000 to £39,000, while second-year trainees saw their salaries bumped up 2.3 per cent from £43,000 to £44,000. Newly-qualified […]

Clydesdale launches panel review

The past 12 months have seen a welter of significant corporate panel reviews. Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Banking Group and the Pension Protection Fund have all revamped their rosters in recent months. Clydesdale Bank is the latest to launch a review, the first since general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire took on the job in 2012 and since the […]


Legal Harmony: 23 Essex Street

On receiving the email about Legal Harmony, my heart leapt, yet at the same time sank. Suddenly, memories of cold churches and Hark the Herald came back. The drudgery of practice, the slight smell of pipe and Old Spice that came into the small practice room when the men arrived. Why on earth would I […]

Legal Harmony

Wragge Lawrence Graham crowned law firm choir of the year at Legal Harmony

Wragge Lawrence Graham walked away the winners of the legal profession’s inaugural choir competition Legal Harmony last night as the judges praised the firm’s ‘outstanding’ performance. The competition, conceived and organised by David Smith of Outer Temple Chambers, took place in Southwark Cathedral and has already raised over £7,000 for the firms’ nominated charities.  Competing […]

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